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Summer Kids on Campus participants celebrate “Butterfly Liberation Day” during the 2011 season.

Photo courtesy of: College of Health Sciences and Professions

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Summer Kids on Campus participants enjoy a variety of experiences designed to help better prepare them for the upcoming school year.

Photo courtesy of: College of Health Sciences and Professions

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Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions will once again host Kids on Campus (KOC), which celebrates its 17th year of summer programming next week with the help of a $15,000 gift from Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

About 175 children entering the first through 11th grades will attend the summer program, which runs weekdays from June 18 to July 20 on the University's Athens campus. The Bob Evans Farms gift raises the restaurant company's investment in KOC to more than $240,000 since 1996.

"The Kids on Campus summer program is a valuable community resource that we are proud to sponsor," said Elizabeth Jones, director of development for the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP). "It would not be possible to affect so many area youth without the support of generous donors like Bob Evans Farms."

The five-week summer program will provide students with a variety of experiences designed to help better prepare them for the upcoming school year. Learning tracks will include swimming, cyber safety, reading lab, recreation, gardening and cooking, and green time. As a USDA Summer Food Service Program site, KOC will also provide breakfast, lunch and snacks to participants.

"We are very excited to be able to bring this program back to campus this year," said Kevin Davis, director of community engagement for CHSP. "While we had Kids on Campus programing over the last two summers, we weren't on campus and to be able to bring these young people back to the University is a wonderful thing. It is a true community partnership which relies upon many people to be successful such as – the participating school districts, local businesses and the Athens County community."

All programming will be held on the Ohio University campus in Athens, and the program is open to students who attend Alexander, Athens City, Federal Hocking and Trimble Local Schools. First priority will be given to students who have a documented economic need, followed by students with an identified academic need, as available slots allow.

A partnership involving Ohio University and community members, KOC provides afterschool and summer programming for Athens County children, most of whom qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches. The organization's operations are funded through a combination of federal and state grants, as well as corporate and individual donations, and it is operated by Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions.

To learn more about how to give to KOC, contact Elizabeth Jones at jonese4@ohio.edu or (740) 566-0484. For more details on the summer program, go online to http://www.ohio.edu/kids/programs.html or contact Crystal Smith, camp coordinator, at 740-662-6691, ext. 151 or smithc14@ohio.edu.